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Del Norte girls get breakthrough win after challenging spring

Ray Hamill/ – Kaylee Jackson (4) in action for the Warriors in their season opener against Eureka last month.

By Ray Hamill — Perseverance on the soccer field paid off for the Del Norte girls this week, when the Warriors got their first win of the season.

The Warriors have had multiple games canceled because of the pandemic and have been unable to even field a full team for much of the season.

This week, however, head coach Jeff Cook had 13 players on hand for their showdown with the Crusaders and the girls responded with a come-from-behind win.

The Warriors gave up an early goal, but battled back to pull even before halftime when Alyssa McCovey scored.

Freshman and leading scorer Anyessa Bettega netted the winner in the second half.

“I think we matched their physicality,” Cook said. “The girls went out there and did well.”

A young Warriors team features just three seniors, although all three have had an impact.

Maykala Jackson has been a team leader, switching between goal and midfield, and was a force once again in Wednesday’s win.

“She keeps the team pumped up,” Cook said. “She keeps them positive.”

Maykala Jackson

Fellow seniors Jadence Clifton and Jenny Schaad are both better know for other sports, but each has also has had a positive impact with this year’s team.

Clifton played in goal on Wednesday and “she did awesome,” according to her coach, while Chaad only came out this spring to stay in shape for wrestling, but it’s a move that has benefited both player and team.

“We’re a young team, but they’ve got a lot of energy,” Cook said. “In the fall they should be pretty good.”

The players, who refused to quit when they only had 10 players on opening day, have persevered through the challenges.

“We’re taking advantage of the opportunity,” Cook said. “We just want to go out there and have fun, and it has been fun.”

The Del Norte girls will be busy over the next week.

After playing just four games so far, they will close out the season with four games in six days beginning against Eureka on Saturday.

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